Every year, AYO hosts an all-day extended event that is free for all matches to attend as a way to bond and develop deeper relationships with one another. This year, on September 10th, seven matches participated in AYO’s annual Ropes Course Event at West Pines Training Facility in Wheat Ridge. Matches were challenged both physically and mentally to overcome obstacles, all the while building a stronger relationship with their mentor/mentee.
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Last Thursday Citywide Banks held an amazing event and AYO was the beneficiary.The Matching campaign is still going on (till Sept 15) and we have only raise $700 of the $2,000!!!!! We need your help! Please see the article below and the link and consider supporting us to meet our goal- THANK YOU!!
On Saturday July 30th, two of AYO's matches had the opportunity to head to the mountains in Golden and try some outdoor rock climbing! It was such a fun, beautiful day that was both challenging and encouraging to all who attended. A huge thank you goes out to our wonderful guide, Andrew, founder of Network 5.12, who graciously supported and guided everyone in the mountains at no cost to AYO. We cannot thank him enough for his generosity, guidance, and support!
On Saturday July 30th, Aurora Youth Options partnered with GRASP (Gang Rescue and Support Project) and A-GRIP (Gang Reduction Impact Program) to offer the second annual Aurora Peace March Event at Spencer Garret Park. With about 150 people in attendance, youth and families in the Aurora community played in a basketball tournament with Aurora police officers, were offered many raffle prizes and food, and came to visit numerous resource tables to learn more about what resources are available in the immediate Aurora area.
This past week four AYO youth attended the Community College of Aurora’s YAASPA’s program (Young Aspiring Americans for Social Political Activism), ensuring them a 2 year scholarship after they graduate high school! All four of these youth have been in or are currently a part of our mentor program. AYO staff are so proud of these
Last week AYO staff took time to bond during our annual team retreat. We spent the day learning how to be more culturally competent of our youth that we work with, touring the Mizel Museum in Denver, and ending the day at the East Side Kosher Deli for lunch, along with some great teambuilding activities and discussion about how to improve AYO over the next year. We are so grateful for each other and all of the youth we serve!
On Wednesday May 25th, Aurora Youth Options celebrated the end of the school year with our Homework Help and Tutoring Program, having both youth and tutors participate in planting a local garden outside of the Hoffman Building. Lots of laughs were heard, memories were shared, and everyone got their hands dirty doing their part to plant in the community garden. AYO has enjoyed watching our Homework Help and tutoring youth and adults develop close relationships over this last school year. Happy summer!
On Tuesday April 19th AYO celebrated all of our amazing volunteers at our Volunteer Recognition Event. We heard speakers from our mentor program, listened to some of the successes of our homework help and tutoring program, and had some amazing food! It was an honor to be able to thank each vounteer indiviudally. What an impact they are making in the lives of our youth! Stay tuned for more pictures to come.
Aurora Youth Options was honored to present at the National Mentoring Summit this past January in Washington D.C. AYO presented with Denver Urban Scholars and Goodwill Industries of Denver to reflect on their collaboration during the Mentor Enhancement Demonstration Project (MEDP). The presentation focused on how to create a framework that supports diverse programmatic structures, provides a platform for open and clear communication, and overall fosters a positive collaboration. There were over 900 participants at the Mentoring Summit, all of whom are committed to the mission of mentoring for today’s youth. Overall the summit was a great success and AYO was honored to be a part of it!
AYO is supporting a new program called TAY (Transition Age Youth). This program was developed to help transition teens and young adults from child and family programs into adult programs. The primary age range for this program is 16-24. TAY has partnered with Aurora Strong Reilience Center (1298 Peoria St.) to offer a drop-in night every Tuesday from 4-7pm; TAY is located in the same building as AYO. The drop-in night provides a safe space for young adults to come and make new friends, participate in one-on-one support, learn healthy living skills, engage in arts/crafts/music/writing/poetry, as well fitness activities such as dancing/yoga/pool/ping-pong, and much more! If you are between 16-24, please come check out a TAY drop-in night! For questions, please call Kristyn Nassif, the TAY coordinator, at 303-923-2918.